SIG-SAUER P230-JP

SIG-SAUER P230-JP

The JAPANESE POLICE have dismissed from service all old revolvers replacing them with a special version of the swiss P230 called SIG-SAUER P230-JP (where JP stands for JAPAN POLICE). This weapon is manufactured by MINEBEA CORPORATION (the same company which manufactures the KENJU-9 semiauto handgun, copy of the SIG P220, and the PM-9 submachinegun, copy of the Micro-UZI, for the Japan Self-Defense Forces) The pistol already carries on the SIG-SAUER marks, because the licensed copies producing started after some of those weapons, made in Switzerland, were shipped there from the original manufacturer. The main difference is that this weapon is chambered for the 9x19mm-Pabellum, with a 8+1 rounds capacity, instead of the .380-ACP of the rest of the world. Some swiss-manufactured models, chambered at the beginning of the '90s for the 9x18-Police caliber, were shipped back because this caliber underperformed the 9x19. At the beginning of the '90s, this weapon was still in the contending phase for the Japan Police. This obviously can't be seen from the exterior... another difference is the lanyard attachement on the grip at the left side of the weapon. Later found the gun under this name does not exist

Submitted by: Pierangelo Tendas